The Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Gift Wrapping A wallet for him, a necklace for her and a set of Legos for the little one; you’re a gift-giving champion. There’s nothing more satisfying than watching your loved ones shred up that pretty cellophane paper to discover their new treasure inside—the one that you handpicked or handmade. However, before that joy comes something a little less joyful. Yep, you’ve got to actually wrap it. Gift-wrapping presents can be a little tedious, and worse, painful if you do it the wrong way. Here are some great gift-wrapping dos and don’ts that’ll keep you efficient and pain free.

DO…

Stretch before and during. Although not seemingly strenuous, there’s quite a bit of bending, lifting and movement when wrapping presents. Periodically stretching will help lower your risk of injury.

Maintain a healthy posture. Keep your workstation smart! Square up your table with your body, and keep your hips, knees and elbows at 90-degree angles.

Work in a nicely-lit environment. The lower the light, the farther you crane your head to see. Holding your head like this for long periods could hurt your neck and shoulders—and it’s definitely not good for your eyes.

Take frequent breaks. Being in one position for too long can cause cramping, soreness, strain and can cut off circulation. Work in shifts, and get up to walk around or stretch frequently.

The Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Gift Wrapping

DON’T…

Work on the floor. This makes it hard to move, lift and stretch without straining yourself; it also encourages improper posture. Make sure you have a suitable work station: a large table, a comfortable chair and supplies you keep within reach.

Choose the wrong scissors. Wait… won’t any scissors work? They’ll function, yes, but if they’re the wrong size, it could take a toll on your hand or wrist, especially with so many repetitive movements.

Lift anything too heavy. Sometimes those presents can get BIG. Always remember the three cardinal rules of lifting: use both hands; bend at the knees, lifting from your legs and not your back; ask for assistance if something is too heavy for you to manage alone.

Ignore your body. This applies to all, especially if you already have a pre-existing condition, strain or pain that limits your movements. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. If a certain movement hurts, don’t do it. Keep a slow and steady pace.